Sal LoCascio

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Sal LoCascio
— Lacrosse player  —
Born April 6, 1967
Lindenhurst, New York
Position Field Lacrosse Goaltender, Box Lacrosse Goaltender
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Former NLL teams New York Saints
Former MLL teams Long Island Lizards
Nationality American
Pro career 1990–2001
U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame, 2004
NLL Hall of Fame, 2008

Sal LoCascio (born April 6, 1967) is a hall of fame former lacrosse goaltender and coach.

During his playing career, Locascio excelled as both a field lacrosse goalkeeper and a box lacrosse goaltender, two very different positions.[1]

Playing career[edit]

University of Massachusetts Amherst (1985 - 1989)[edit]

From 1985 to 1989, LoCascio played for University of Massachusetts Amherst. He set the record for the most saves by any NCAA goalie in 1987, with 271 saves. LoCascio graduated in 1989, and was a four-time All-American.[2] In 2000, he was elected to the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame.[3]

New York Saints and World Cup Titles (1990 - 2001)[edit]

While playing in the United States Club Lacrosse Association with the Long Island Hofstra, LaCascio won four USCLA championships in the 1990s, and was awarded Player of the Year honors in 1995.[2]

LoCascio, a goaltender, signed with the New York Saints of the National Lacrosse League in 1990. He played 10 seasons with the Saints as their starting goaltender from 1990 to 2000. LoCascio was named all-pro five times, in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1997.[4]

In addition to his decade-long tenure as goaltender for the Saints, LoCascio also played lacrosse for Team USA. He won three gold medals in the World Lacrosse Championship in 1990, 1994, and 1998.

In 2000, LoCascio took part in the inaugural Major League Lacrosse draft. He was drafted 1st overall by the Bridgeport Barrage, but his rights were subsequently traded to the Long Island Lizards (Now the New York Lizards) so he could finish his career with a hometown team. Even though LoCascio only played one full season with the Lizards, LoCascio performed well, and led the team to the inaugural Steinfeld Cup in 2001, defeating the Baltimore Bayhawks.

Post-playing career[edit]

In 2002, LoCascio was named the head coach of the Bridgeport Barrage of Major League Lacrosse. He remained with the team even after it moved to Philadelphia, and won the Major League Lacrosse Steinfeld Cup and the Major League Lacrosse Coach of the Year Award in 2004.

Awards[edit]

In 2004, LoCascio was awarded the Major League Lacrosse Coach of the Year Award. He was also inducted into U.S. National Lacrosse Hall of Fame the same year. In February 2008, LoCascio was inducted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame.

Preceded by
Ted Georgalas
Major League Lacrosse Coach of the Year Award
2004
Succeeded by
Scott Hiller

Statistics[edit]

NLL[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP Min GA SV GAA SV% GP Min GA SV GAA SV%
1990 New York 7 - - - - - 1 - - - - -
1991 New York 10 - - - - - - - - - - -
1992 New York 8 480 101 219 12.63 68.44% 1 59 7 41 7.12 85.42%
1993 New York 8 479 96 319 12.03 76.87% 2 90 19 51 12.67 72.86%
1994 New York 8 473 98 300 12.43 75.38% 1 58 17 40 17.59 70.18%
1995 New York 8 430 86 299 12.00 77.66% - - - - - -
1996 New York 10 568 136 291 14.37 68.15% - - - - - -
1997 New York 10 546 111 324 12.19 74.48% 1 37 12 27 19.70 69.23%
1998 New York 7 298 60 143 12.08 70.44% - - - - - -
1999 New York 11 561 123 343 13.16 73.61% - - - - - -
2000 New York 2 67 21 46 18.67 68.66% - - - - - -
NLL Totals 59 2430 517 1428 12.63% 68.44% 5 207 43 132 13.55% 74.30%

MLL[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Year Team GP Min GA GAA Sv SvPct 2ptGA GP Min GA GAA Sv SvPct 2ptGA
2001 Long Island 9 426 92 13.0% 121 56.8% 3 2 125 23 11.0% 34 59.6% 0
MLL Totals 9 426 92 13.0% 121 56.8% 3 2 125 23 11.0% 34 59.6% 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Borelli, Tom (February 27, 2008). "A Saint Named Sal". LaxMagazine.com. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Sal LoCascio Hall of Fame Class Bio". USLacrosse.org. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  3. ^ "Class of 2000 Announced:UMass Athletic Hall of Fame". UMASSAthletics.com. June 26, 2000. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  4. ^ "League Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2008". NLL.com. January 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-09.